Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Weekend Autograph Opportunities: A Special Manny Mota Bobble and an Angel

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any) as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.


Former Angels infielder Jim Anderson will be signing autographs at the Inland Empire 66ers game against the Lake Elsinore Storm at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino on Thursday, April 20th. Jim will be taking photos and signing autographs. Anderson will also be throwing out the games first pitch.

One of the cooler bobbles ever. Featured below is a limited edition Manny Mota bobblehead available through Ultimate Pastime Sports Collectibles, and this coming Saturday Manny will be in Ontario to sign it. Go here for information.

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Blog Kiosk: 4/19/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Ryu wasn't terrible... Really! He wasn't. It's just that batters are teeing off his fastball and hitting homers - six of them so far this season. That's all. Per Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider:
“It’s still difficult to ignore the fact that I gave up three home runs, but looking at the pitch count and also the innings, there are definitely positive signs, and it’s definitely something I can build on,” Ryu said.
Per Ken Gurnick at
"We feel comfortable with him making a start every fifth day, and as he gets into the rhythm of a season, we know he'll get better," said manager Dave Roberts. "For us, the barometer for Ryu is the delivery repeating, holding velocity, which he's doing, and executing pitches. He's made some mistakes that were hit out of the ballpark. If he minimizes damage, he'll be fine."
Pic above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1890 the Brooklyn Bridegrooms (Dodgers) play their very first game as a member of the National League. In 1938 both Dodgers' Ernie Koy and Phillies' Heine Mueller hit home runs in their first major league at-bats. In 1956 Roy Campanella recorded his 1,000th career hit at New Jersey's Roosevelt Stadium - a tenth inning double. This was the first ever MLB game played in New Jersey. The Dodgers would play several home games here just prior to moving to Los Angeles. In 1968 Met's hurler Nolan Ryan throws an Immaculate Inning (three strikes out on nine pitches in one inning) against the Dodgers in the third inning.
  • Happy Birthday, Bill Greenwood, RJ Reynolds, Brett Mayne, Jose Cruz, Dennys Reyes, George Sherrill, Joe Beimel & Alberto Callaspo!